Jaimy Gordon's fourth novel, "Lord of Misrule," won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year's best book about horse racing. Her previous novels include "Bogeywoman," "She Drove Without Stopping," and "Shamp of the City-Solo." She has been a Fellow of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and has also won an Academy-Institute Award for her fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German, most recently "Hermine, An Animal Life." Born in Baltimore, Gordon teaches at Western Michigan University and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers. Funding for this event is provided by the Beanstalks Fund, a joint venture of the Creative Writing Program and the Wyndham Robertson Library to bring writers and readers together at Hollins University.